Bourbon-Honey Glazed Ham


Bourbon whiskey, honey, brown sugar, and a little citrus make an irresistible glaze for this ham.


  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 Orange
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 16 1/2 pounds spiral-sliced bone-in ham


  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Adjust a rack to the lowest position in the oven.
  2. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil and position a roasting rack inside of it. Place the ham on the middle of the roasting rack.
  3. Place the honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan. Add the juices from the lemon and orange. Whisk to combine. Set the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat tho medium low, bringing the mixture to a low boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  4. Carefully add the bourbon to the sauce pan. Continue boiling the mixture 3-4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until it is slightly reduced and thickened. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Brush the ham with a thick layer of the bourbon-honey glaze.
  6. Transfer the ham to the lowest rack of the preheated oven.
  7. Bake the ham for 2-2.5 hours, or about 15 minutes per pound of ham. Every 15 minutes, open the oven door and baste the ham with additional bourbon honey glaze.
  8. Remove the ham from the oven. Drizzle with any remaining glaze. Allow the ham to cool on the roasting rack for 15 minutes.
  9. Transfer the ham to a cutting board. Carve and serve. Leftover ham may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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